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Preds send Ellis to AHL

Feb 24, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

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The Nashville Predators have reassigned defenseman Ryan Ellis to the AHL (Milwaukee). It’s tough to say if the 21-year-old offensive blueliner was squeezed out of the lineup by the addition of Hal Gill, as they’re very different players (complete opposites even).

Ellis has three goals and six assists in 22 games with the Preds and could easily be back in the NHL before the playoffs start.

On The Forecheck thinks this move could be a way for Nashville to keep Ellis under the 40-games-played threshold, which would mean 2011-12 wouldn’t count as an “accrued season.” As per the CBA, a player can only become an unrestricted free agent after he’s played seven years in the NHL or after he turns 27 years old. Granted, given Ellis is 21, I’m not positive if this applies to him. His birthday is on Jan.2. Math is hard.

  1. gscheelar - Feb 24, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    There seems to be an opportunity for Nashville to get in on the Rick Nash possibility. What about a deal involving Ryan Ellis, another player, and a draft pick or two? Nash is signed longer term and could contribute some offense to the Preds for a long time. I am not a Preds fan, but this could be an intruiging possibility.

    Then again, I am not sure on the salary cap implications of this move. Would it be possible to have Nash, Suter, Rinne and Weber on one team?

    • elvispocomo - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      That’s unlikely to have all four on the same team considering their cap hits (or what Suter’s is likely to be). They could move for a $4M forward and maybe be fine, but if they want to bring in a big player – and keep the team intact for the next few seasons – they’ll have to move one of Suter or Weber out.

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